Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is well acquainted with controversy and seems not deterred by it. His recent opinion and concurrence have invited the wrath of the left, but in a new book Thomas doubles down and takes progressives to task.
According to Business Insider, Thomas warned in his new book that if Americans do not push back against the encroachment of progressive initiatives, “they’re going to lose their liberties.”
Business Insider coeditor Michael Pack reports that he interviewed Thomas for more than 30 hours between November 2017 and March 2018 for the book “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.”
Warning that many Americans are not taking the time to read and study their Constitution and national heritage, Thomas reportedly said:
“I think we as citizens have lost interest, and that’s been my disappointment. That certainly was something that bothered Justice Scalia, that people tend to be more interested in their iPhones than their Constitution.”
Thomas continued: “They’re interested in what they want rather than what is right as a country.”
Thomas rebuked Americans who’ve taken their freedoms for granted and warned of dire consequences. According to the Daily Caller, Thomas reportedly said: “It’s a burden on them, the citizens. They’re going to lose their liberties.”
Thomas added that each American has a personal responsibility to understand and sustain the hard-fought liberties citizens enjoy today.
Noting that the court cannot take full responsibility for this, Thomas said the work of the Court is just “one part of the effort.”
“You protect your liberty. It’s your country. We are one part of the effort, and it is the obligation of the citizens to at least know what their liberties are and to be informed,” Thomas said.
Thomas reportedly added: “I think we are allowing ourselves to be ruled when we turn all that over to someone else and we’re saying, ‘Rule me.’ Does it mean we get to make all the decisions?”